Last year, a horse named American Pharoah swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes to claim the Triple Crown. This hadn’t happened since 1978 and this year, many eyes will be set to see if a horse will win the Triple Crown again this year.
Statistically speaking, it is unlikely. A quick Google search will offer up all the statistics you would ever want to study to draw your own conclusion. Only 12 horses have ever captured this prize ”“ the first being in 1919. Only 23 horses have managed to win 2 of the 3 races. Many years, the Triple Crown title is not awarded at all but 1977 and 1978 are the only time it was awarded in consecutive years.
In fact, every modern day sport seems to have its own language, statistics, and data sets.
Yet in our data-crazy world, where do many colleges and universities keep their data? If your institution is like most, you have a plan room, packed full of important campus information…and no good or orderly way to access that information. Perhaps you also have an employee who has a mind full of information that no one else knows.
Perhaps, with some work, that employee could tell you how many parking spaces you have on campus. And of those spaces, how many are ADA compliant. They may also be able to tell you the amount of linear feet of sidewalk that needs to be replaced in the upcoming season. Or show you the exact location of all campus housing in relationship to campus dining.
With GIS (geographical information system) and geospatial data, you could answer all those questions and many more, faster than I could tell you American Pharoah has 0% chance of winning the Triple Crown again – only three-year old horses can run in the Triple Crown races.